Winterhawks Weekly Report – October 31 – November 6, 2011

A nice way to finish the 17 day, 9 game road trip with three wins in BC for Portland Winterhawks, here is how it played out:

11/2/11 – Portland 4 – Kamloops 2 – Interior Savings Centre:  After missing the first six games of the road trip with an injury, Sven Bartschi returned to the Hawks line-up and made a huge impact as he scored the game winner and had two assists in the 4-2 win over the BC Division leaders.

Charles Wells would get it started in the first minute, finishing a feed from Tayler Peters, to take a 1-0 lead.  Colin Smith would even it on a power play goal late in the first period and it was 1-1 after one period.

Portland would take a two-goal lead on a slapper from Tyler Wotherspoon and a rebound by Bartschi but Kamloops would score short-handed by Logan McVeigh to make it 3-2 Hawks after two periods.

The lone goal of the third period was a deflection by Ty Rattie off a Joe Morrow entry shot on the power play to provide the insurance marker.

Mac Carruth would stop 26 of 28 shots for the win as the Hawks out-shot Kamloops 44-28 on the night.

Power Plays:  Portland 1 for 5, Kamloops 1 for 6

11/4/11 – Portland 6 – Kelowna 5 (SO) – Prospera Place:  In a game where the Hawks never led, they persevered and got a 6-5 win in the shootout over Kelowna.

Once again it was even 1-1 after one period as Brett Bulmer scored short-handed for Kelowna and William Wrenn answered for Portland on a point shot in the first 13 minutes of the contest.

Kelowna would take a two-goal lead on goals by Shane McColgan and Zach Franko but Portland would cut it to 3-2 after two periods on a short-handed goal by Ty Rattie with just 52 seconds remaining in the frame.

Tyler Wotherspoon would tie the game with his third goal in three games early in the third, but Franko would regain the lead just over halfway through the third.  Just 16 seconds after Franko’s goal, Brad Ross would pull the Hawks even.  Bulmer would add his second of the night with just under seven minutes left, but Rattie’s second of the game on a wrap-around would send the game to OT with under three minutes remaining in regulation.

Neither team would score in OT and Sven Bartschi would be the only skater of the six in the shootout to score, giving the Hawks the 6-5 win.

Brendan Burke started for Portland, stopping 14 of 19 shots in 65 minutes while Mac Carruth came in to stop all 3 shootout attempts to get the victory.  Portland out-shot Kelowna 49-19.

Power Plays:  Portland 0 for 3, Kelowna 1 for 7

11/5/11 – Portland 3 – Kelowna 1 – Prospera Place:  After the high scoring game on Friday night, the Hawks and Rockets played a bit more conservative hockey on Saturday night, and the Hawks prevailed 3-1.

Ty Rattie got his third goal in as many games to get the Hawks started just 38 seconds into the opening period, but it was quickly answered by Jessey Astles under three minutes later and for the third consecutive game, it was a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes.

The second period almost went scoreless, but Derrick Pouliot converted an end board feed from Sven Bartschi with just 14 seconds left in the period to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Pouliot would add an insurance marker on a mid-air deflection of a Rattie centering pass five minutes into the third and that would be all the Hawks would need.  Bartschi assisted on all three goals, giving him 18 assists and 24 points in just 11 games played.

Mac Carruth would stop 30 of 31 shots for his third consecutive win, as Portland out-shot the Rockets 34-31.

Power Plays – Portland 1 for 4, Kelowna 0 for 3

Week Statistics:

Goals:  Portland 13 – Opponents 8 (Season – Portland 75 – Opponents 69)

Shots:  Portland 127 – Opponents 78 (Season – Portland 762 – Opponents 565)

Power Play:  2 for 12 16.7% (Season – 25 for 101 – 24.8% – 3rd in WHL)

Penalty Kill:  14 for 16 87.5% (Season – 69 for 82 – 84.1% – 2nd in WHL)

Kemper’s Three Stars of the Week:

1. Mac Carruth – 3 appearances, 3-0-0-0 record, 1.50 GAA, .966 save % and a relief shootout win.  Also named WHL Goaltender of the Week.

2. Sven Bartschi – 3 GP, 1-6-7.  Came back from missing six games without missing a beat.  Now on a six game assist streak, a career high with 13 assists during that stretch.

3. Ty Rattie – 3 GP, 4-3-7.  After being held off the scoresheet in Kootenay (after points in eight straight games), Rattie responded with the return of Bartschi to post a team high 15 goals through just 19 games played.

Honorable Mentions:

Tyler Wotherspoon – 2-1-3 in 3 games

Derrick Pouliot – 2-1-3 in 3 games

Milestones Reached:

Troy Rutkowski – 225th Career WHL Game Played (11/2)

Ty Rattie – 40th Career WHL Multi-Point Game (11/5)

Roster Moves:

Ben Betker (94-D) signed and played one game on 11/2 before being reassigned back to Westside Warriors of the BCHL.

What to watch for in the upcoming week:

The Hawks finally return home to the friendly confines of the Rose Garden, but it won’t be an easy weekend as the Spokane Chiefs come calling for back-to-back games on Friday (7PM) and Saturday (special 5 PM start).

The Chiefs come in having played on 14 games on the season, going 9-4-0-1 for 19 points.  Only four of those games have been played on the road, with a 0-3-0-1 road record while going 9-1-0-0 at home.

Anthony Bardaro leads the offense with 10-10-20 in 14 games with seven of his goals coming on the power play.  The Chiefs have a balanced attack with 19 players having scored at least one goal, while having just four players with five or more.

Mac Engel is the number one goaltender for the Chiefs, going 7-4-0-0 in 11 appearances with a 2.23 GAA and a .906 save %.

The Chiefs power play is currently ranked 6th in the WHL at 23.0% while their penalty kill sits at 7th in the WHL at 81.7%.

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